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Hmong American Partnership

Position: Digital Literacy Advocate

Partner AgencyHmong American Partnership - University Ave
Location(s): 394 University Ave W, Saint Paul
Name of Site Supervisor and Title: Allie Rilley, Program Manager

CTEP Program Description

The AmeriCorps Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) bridges the “digital divide” for new Immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Join AmeriCorps CTEP and help make the information age accessible to all.  CTEP is a project of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN).

Site History and Mission

HAP is a social service and community development organization whose mission is: to empower the community to embrace the strengths of our cultures while achieving our potential. HAP was established in 1990 in response to the needs and concerns of Minnesota's growing Hmong community. HAP opened its doors with only two programs and a budget of $400,000. As the Twin Cities became home to the largest urban concentration of Hmong in the United States, HAP expanded to become one of the largest Hmong nonprofit organizations in the country. HAP now supports more than 20 programs with a budget of over $12 million.

Preferred Site Schedule for Member

The CTEP member will teach a combination of large group and small group computer classes between 10:00 and 2:00, Monday – Friday, with a break from 11:45 – 12:15 for lunch. The CTEP member will also supervise open lab one or more days per week, from 4:30 – 6:00.

In addition, members attend professional development days with their fellow CTEP members to enhance service-readiness skills, personal attributes at the service site, and citizenship skills.  These Corps days take place twice a month on the 1st and 3rdFridays from 9 AM to 4 PM, and these trainings are mandatory.  Members also attend statewide AmeriCorps events, such as the Martin Luther King Day celebration, and/or serve on the statewide InterCorps Council.

Site Specific Responsibilities

The CTEP Member will be serving adult immigrants and refugees in our adult basic education program. The Digital Literacy Advocate will work under the supervision of the Program Manager and in direct partnership with the Work Readiness Teacher in delivering digital literacy classes to our adult students. Our students range from complete beginners to low-intermediate level in terms of their English abilities, and the majority of them are new to the country within the last year.  Many students have little to no previous computer experience, so the CTEP is responsible for creating a welcoming and supportive space where students can experiment, practice, enjoy and develop basic computer skills.  The CTEP member will teach a combination of large group and small group computer classes between 10:00 and 2:00, Monday – Friday, with a break from 11:45 – 12:15 for lunch.

Site Environment

The CTEP Member will serve at HAP’s University Ave. location in the vibrant Little Mekong area of the Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul.  The member will collaborate on a daily basis with the Work Readiness Teacher, will partner closely with a small team of co-workers in the ABE department, and will occasionally interact with other co-workers in other programs at HAP. The member will teach in the ABE computer lab, where there are 24 computers dedicated to instruction.  The member will also have a cubicle with a dedicated computer, phone and workspace, where lesson planning and other capacity building work will take place.  Students in the ABE program are immigrants and refugees from all over the world, with the largest population being Karen, as well as Karenni, Burmese, Bhutanese, Hmong, East African and Latino learners.  No language other than English is spoken by teachers in the classrooms.

How to Apply

Apply online at my.americorps.gov and click on “Apply to Serve” (be sure to search for the "Community Technology Empowerment Project" or "CTEP" when asked to indicate what program you would like to send your application to).  Contact: Joel Krogstad, krogstad@spnn.org, 651.556.1384

We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.  Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.  Alternative formats of this document are also available.